On the Couch with Courtney McManus

Crash-Theatre-Co-Courtney-McManus-photo-by-Declan-YoungWho is Courtney McManus?
I am Courtney McManus, a performer and playwright working in Boorloo (Perth). I am the co-director of Crash Theatre Company alongside Ana Ferreira Manhoso. I am the writer and performer of WHALE, currently touring at the Sydney and Melbourne Fringe Festivals.

What would you do differently from what you do now?
I wish I invested more into my writing skill earlier in my arts practice. I have created my own opportunities to learn which has developed my resilience and adaptability, but I would have valued guidance and support from more accessible tertiary services. Hindsight is a wonderful thing!

Who inspires you and why?
My co-director, Ana, constantly inspires me. She is so thoughtful, organised and intentional in everything she does. I am extremely lucky that I have the opportunity to work alongside her at Crash Theatre Company.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
Fairly pay and improve the working conditions of teachers in Australia. They are the people responsible for education the next generation of leaders, I think they should be fairly compensated for such a momentous task.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
My favourite holiday destination is definitely Tasmania. A visit to MONA is a must!

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
I would take them to Frisk Small Bar on Francis Street in Northbridge WA. It’s a gin bar that has hundreds and hundreds of gins – what more could you ask for?

What are you currently reading?
I am currently reading What We Don’t Talk About When We Talk About Fat by Aubrey Gordon.

What are you currently listening to?
I am listening to the podcast Maintenance Phase by Aubrey Gordon and Michael Hobbs. They debunk myths associated with health fads, wellness scams and false nutrition advice.

Happiness is?
Happiness is waking up on Christmas morning with the promise of a roast lunch on the horizon.

What does the future hold for you?
Crash Theatre Company is going international! Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2024 is our goal next year. We are excited to produce and rework stories of risk, resiliency and resourcefulness for audiences all around the world.

Courtney is the writer of and performer in WHALE – which plays the Sydney Fringe: 26 – 30 September, before playing the Melbourne Fringe: 3 – 7 October at the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre – Millarri Murnmut. For more information, visit: www.crashtheatre.com.au for details.

Image: Courtney McManus – photo by Declan Young